O’Death

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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for O’Death. I think with each album the goth-folk band continues to refine their sound for the better. Out Of Hands We Go sees the band turning the lovely state of Maine into their second home. Here is some info on the new album and two new tracks.

The band convened in South Portland, ME, to work with lo-fi recording guru, Caleb Mulkerin (Big Blood, Fire On Fire, Cerberus Shoal) and to take advantage of the homey space in Biddeford they had performed in many times since 2011. On Out of Hands We Go, o’death return to a focus on live performances with Jamie’s voice and lyrics planted firmly in the center of the band’s dynamic arrangements, a stark departure from the multi-tracked and meticulously overdubbed Outside.

Greg Jamie’s strength as a lyricist is his ability to create evocative images and details that come together to form a narrative if the listener is ready to walk the path. Out of Hands We Go contains stories of a more personal nature, abandoning horror-film vignettes in favor of heartbreak (“Heal In The Howling,” “Herd,” “Apple Moon,”), defiance (“Roam,” “Wrong Time,” “Wait For Fire”) and ultimately triumph (“All Is Light,” “We Had A Vision”) before culminating in the climactic “Isavelle” that fires on all dramatic cylinders.

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O’Death – Outside [Album Review]

by Woody on April 18, 2011

I’ve loved O’Death since I first heard their ’07 album, Head Home. Seeing them live only cemented my infatuation with them. They have a unique and dark bluegrass sound, accented by Greg Jamie’s vocals, and their frantic performances are something to behold.

O’Death’s third album, Outside, is a gauge of where that band is going in the future. In following up Head Home, O’Death remained consistent with the same formula on their sophomore album, Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin. There were slight modifications, but with such a distinct sound from a young band just building an audience, it wouldn’t have been appropriate to make any detours. In their third release, however, Outside finds the band broadening their sound and taking some chances.

The band also had to deal with a serious illness that was dealt to drummer David Rogers-Berry. Rogers-Berry beat Osteosarcoma, a form of cancer, and endured 10 months of chemo and a shoulder replacement. So combined with the pressure of moving their band forward, the quintet was also watching their good friend and bandmate deal with a life-threatening disease.

After Rogers-Berry’s recovery, O’Death answered the bell with a phenomenal album. At their core, they are still playing that distinctive goth-bluegrass sound, but unlike the mayhem that was the drawing card for Head Home and to a lesser degree on Broken Limbs, Hymns and Skin, Outside shows much more restraint. More careful consideration was made in crafting each individual song as opposed to capturing the energy of those crazy jams.

Jamie has never been your prototypical lead singer but his vocals are more well-rounded on this effort. The lead track, “Bugs,” shows the band’s sound as Jamie’s vocals are buoyed by a tasty banjo lick. He’s also at his best during the bridge of “Alamar.” The song is a dirge, but breaks up at around 2 minutes and Jamie sings a verse and hits all the right notes as the song gains steam.

I fall asleep and rest my bleary eyes
That’d last, it’d last me through the night
And if I wait til dawn, it will come to me
A picture of this field as I want it to be
They’re there just in flames by the sea

I don’t know where Outside ranks in terms of my favorite O’Death album, but I will say this. It is easily the most rewarding album they have done. To see a band battle adversity and alter their sound without changing their DNA is nothing short of a pleasure. Their new direction is now doubt correlated to Rogers-Berry’s fight with cancer, but it’s a welcomed change of pace. A change that will have me waiting in heightened anticipation for future releases.

I was lucky enough to catch one of their sets down in Austin and as always, they left me happy and exhausted. If you have to chance to see them, be prepared to leave tired, sweaty and completely satisfied.

O’Death – Bugs

Stream O’Death’s “Alamar”

O’Death – “Alamar” by PitchPerfectPR

 

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O’Death are set to release their third album, Outside, on the heels of some trying times for the band. In the middle of their 2009 tour, drummer David Rogers-Berry was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) and underwent 10 months of chemotherapy and a shoulder replacement. I’m sure the recovery to get back to drumming form was emotionally and physically grueling, but O’Death claim that they approached Outside with a new outlook on life and it’s their most conceived project to date – a subtle and massive accomplishment. “Bugs” is the first track offered up as a glimpse into what’s in store.

O’Death – Bugs

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O'Death

We’ve got a damn nice giveaway for the holidays. O’Death have offered us a free copy of their latest CD, Broken Hymns, Lambs and Skin, and a make your own ukulele kit – the body is signed by the entire band.

If you want them, email us at freeshit@hearya.com with your name, mailing address, and favorite O’Death song.

Read our review of Broken Hymns, Lambs and Skin.

O’Death – Lowtide

Video: O’Death – Lowtide

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Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 11-20]

December 18, 2008

HearYa and Internet Explorer were in a pissing match for most of the day yesterday. For those readers that use that glorious browser, you may have had some trouble reading yesterday’s post. We corrected the bug – my apologies. We’re back at it and almost done with our best albums of 2008. At the very […]

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Elliott Brood and O’Death – The Empty Bottle, Chicago [Concert Review]

November 17, 2008

Normally when I review a show, I try not to get smashed. I have a couple of beers, take some notes and try to put something together that makes sense. O’Death is far from a normal band and I was far from sober. I took a look at my notes the next day and I […]

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O’Death – Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin

November 6, 2008

Have you ever found yourself in a speeding car on the cusp of careening out of control? That’s how I feel every time I listen to O’Death’s 2007 release, Head Home. I feel like I’m about to slam into a concrete barrier. It’s going to be very loud, a little painful and very bloody. I […]

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New mp3: O’Death – Lowtide

October 2, 2008

Our favorite hillbilly gypsies, O’Death, have released a new single from their upcoming release Broken Hymns which is due out on October 28th. We’re working hard to get them in for a live session. O’Death – Lowtide Tweet

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